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Inaugural Customs & Classics Car Show in Old Colorado City Aug. 20

       The first-time Old Colorado City Customs & Classics Car Show is scheduled Sunday, Aug. 20.
       In all but name, the free outdoor display replaces the Good Times Car Show, which ended its 25-year run after the August 2016 event.
      
This souped-up vehicle, originally a 1923 Ford C-Cab, was on display at the 2009 Car Show.
Westside Pioneer file photo
Like Good Times, the Classics show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and park up to 425 cars of varying ages, models, customized designs and states of restoration along closed-off Colorado Avenue and its side streets between 23rd and 27th streets.
       The event is being organized by Ace Cosley of Ace Entertainment, with help from two of the four car clubs from Good Times - the Rocky Mountain Mustangers and Southern Colorado Mopar Club - plus the Southern Colorado Jaguar Club, the Southern Colorado Chevelle Club and the Hotrod Association. Himself an owner of multiple classic cars, Cosley had previously helped with the Good Times event as a member of the Mopar Club.
       As reported in the Westside Pioneer last year (see article at this link), the car clubs ended Good Times because of increasing costs to close city streets for the event.
       Cosley said at the time he was seeking large donors to help overcome that financial burden; in a recent interview, he announced success in that effort. One major sponsor, he said, is Napa Auto Parts.
       “We've got enough sponsors for everything,” Cosley said. “We're ready to go.”
       The only uncertainty is whether the event's band will be able to play on the stage in Bancroft Park. A fire closed the bandshell last January, and a contractor has been repairing it since early June. The Colorado Springs Parks Department previously estimated completion in late August. Updated information was not available as of this article's initial posting Aug. 11.
       “If not, that's OK,” Cosley said. “If the band can't play on the stage, they can play in front.”
       The Car Show will also include vendors, but none that will have products “competing with merchants” in Old Colorado City, Cosley said. “I told them [the merchants group] that's the first thing I wouldn't do.”
       Another carryover from the old show is the charity aspect, which was the car clubs' original reason for starting Good Times. The traditional recipient has been Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit that trains dogs to help disabled individuals (including injured soldiers). Cosley said the Customs & Classics Car Show will continue that, and there will be two other recipients as well - the Alzheimers Association and the Rocky Mountain Veterans Village Foundation (an entity that helps military people find housing).

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 8/11/17; Community: Groups/Clubs)

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